book publishing, eBook conversion and document services
An individual approach to personal publishing
The publishing world has never stood still. I was pushing technological boundaries over 30 years ago, before desktop publishing. Now you want to publish your book and see it both in print and on a Kindle or Kobo – or iPad.
I love good book design, but not for its own sake. For me ‘good’ means pleasing, appropriate and clear for the reader. I say more about eBooks on the other page, but always these principles apply. I work with many other designers for covers, or for illustration, when I know they are better at specialised things or need to move a job along.
I also love good books. I particularly write poetry too, so that is close to my heart. That means a good editorial eye and careful proof-reading are important for creating a quality work that is easy to read. The reader won’t notice of course, they just won’t notice glitches in spelling, grammar or layout, and your text will read smoothly.
You have more corporate requirements?
Books and manuals are not just for reading or being a resource: they are for communicating. If they don’t do that, mistakes are made along with errors of jusgement and inefficiencies. I have worked with academic texts, journals, research reports, technical manuals and training materials, and I understand the difficulties between technical or specialist people and end users and readers. If you are producing inhouse or trade documents for specialist audiences, or needing a fresh eye on research reports, I can help you.
You are a publisher?
Publishing, and editorial and design are quite different things. I also design and prepare books for other publishers for them to carry in their catalogues. If you need extra capacity, or you simply want the book production facilities for on-demand print or eBooks, contact me.
How I work
Anyone can publish, but not everyone needs to. The world is now awash with small companies and large, offering self publishing packages, usually where you pay a lot up front and are left to your own devices – or dreams. Do you know how to market your book? Will it appear where it’s noticed?
You can even publish yourself directly with the likes of Amazon. But will your book look as good as it should? If it doesn’t, it will join the hundreds of thousands of titles read by a dozen and otherwise dead to the world.
I like to work co-operatively, where we both have an incentive to get a return. I need to be paid for the time I spend: will your title do that? If it won’t pay me (and you can’t up front), maybe we should park the idea for a rainy day. But if it can sell, by working together, we can share the profits and both be happy with the outcome.